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  1. Thread: medium nuc size

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    Re: medium nuc size

    I don't think you need a smaller box than an 8f medium for making a split. The frame area of an 8f medium is approximately equivalent to a 5f deep, which is the the standard nuc size. I use 10...
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    Re: How much food does a colony need?

    Try: http://hivetool.net/status
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    Re: The bees are out today

    Great picture!
  4. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    Boris:

    Your anecodotal comments about another beekeeper with Russian bees doesn't really answer the question about why or if swapping out old brood comb is the secret to successful overwintering,...
  5. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    Boris-

    What's the basis for that opinion? Bees love well-used comb. If I put two frames of drawn comb in the brood nest, one freshly drawn and one nice and dark, they nearly always prefer the...
  6. Re: Wanting to start a hive. Which books are the best to buy?

    Joey:

    Reading a lot of the posts here on Beesource (especially the Beekeeping 101 forum) is a great way to learn. Beekeeping for Dummies (Blackiston) is an informative, easy read to get you...
  7. Re: Combining hive with possible virgin queen with queenright hive

    Thanks for the input. I see very few or no drones in my own 6 hives right now, but I'll suppress my urge to combine these two and see if they can pull off getting the queen mated this late in the...
  8. Combining hive with possible virgin queen with queenright hive

    Nice weather today, so I did an inspection of one of my previously strong hives that's had declining entrance activity. Saw 6 recently emerged queen cells, one open from the end and the others from...
  9. Re: Will bee roll test work with window screen rather than #8 Hardware cloth?

    Amazon has it too... $30 for 10ft (36"W) inc. free shipping: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LF87AE

    I guess I'm lucky- my local Ace hardware also sells by the foot, but I tracked this down before...
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    Re: Bottom Board 3/4" or 3/8"?

    I use the Heilyser vaporizer (which needs a 3/4" entrance), and I prefer 3/8" entrance height. I use a standard 3/4" bottom board but reduce the full width entrance down to 3/8" high with a piece of...
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    Re: Do bag feeders work.....

    I use 3 quarts of syrup in name brand Ziplock gallon sized freezer bags, and have had problems with leaking where the zipper meets the side of the bag. The easiest way to solve the problem is to put...
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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    Got me curious too, so clickety, clickety, google and here's a link to a picture of the rectangular connector on a Colorado Bee Rescue vac (the one JP the Bee Man helped design).
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    Re: Looking for pumpkin honey 60#

    I'm sure there are others, but Knight Family Honey in Utah has it- I've tasted it at the farmers market in SLC.

    http://www.knightfamilyhoney.com/products.php

    The flavor definitely has notes of...
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    Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    Since 2/3 of the mites in the hive are under the brood cappings, one treatment during a broodless period is ideal, because then ALL the mites on the hive are exposed to the treatment. When you treat...
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    Re: OAV and honey frames

    There was a comprehensive study presented in 2001 that analyzed >1,500 colonies in 7 European countries, looking at effectiveness and residual effects from using a Varrox oxalic acid vaporizer.
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Mite Count

    The threshold for treatment according to Randy Oliver is 2%, which equates to 6 or more mites per 1/2 cup of bees (~300). Make sure to use nurse bees from a brood frame for the sample, or the...
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    Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    The phoretic stage of the mite lifecycle is 5-7 days, so it's possible with a 7 day OA treatment interval that a mite can emerge and make it back into another capped larvae before the next OA...
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    Re: No mites still check?

    Two things -

    1) figure 300 bees per half cup, not per full cup.

    2) in answer to the question a few posts back about a study to test the accuracy of the sugar roll method to the alcohol...
  19. Thread: Follower board

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    Re: Follower board

    Beekind (northern California - Google for website) sells follower boards for mediums and deeps. I've heard positive things about them, but I have not personally purchased from them.
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    Yep! It does seem a little funny to trust olive oil, but since there's a very specific refractive index standard that extra virgin olive oil needs to meet, it makes a convenient and inexpensive...
  21. Thread: Splitting Advice

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    Re: Splitting Advice

    Why put them in your barn? Sealing them for a week prevents them from foraging, eliminating waste, and makes it much more difficult for them to manage hive temperature. Also, instead of disrupting...
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    Extra virgin olive oil is approximately 71.5 BRIX (ranges from 71 to 72, so calibrating to 71.5 puts you close). The refractometer should have a BRIX scale reading as well as % water- that's what's...
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    Re: Varroa mite counts / oxalic acid vapor

    Thanks for the responses, but you're preaching to the choir. :-) I'm a fan of OAV, but very interested in actual numbers on mite kill when used while there is capped brood... Most of the studies I...
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    Varroa mite counts / oxalic acid vapor

    As we head into the latter part of summer, the varroa mite populations in our hives are reaching a seasonal peak. Ugh!

    On June 30th, I tested several of my hives for varroa counts using the...
  25. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    I like using old (but clean & 100% cotton) rags like old t-shirts or cotton diapers cut up into strips. Easy to light, beautiful white smoke, low odor, and stays nicely lit. If I don't cut it into...
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